Statement on behalf of the American Committee on Africa to the International Seminar on Apartheid, Racial Discrimination and Colonialism in Southern Africa
by Hope R. Stevens, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
July 1, 1967
American Committee on Africa
This statement made at a seminar on apartheid held in Kitwa, Zambia from July 24-August 4, 1967 reviews the history of the American Committee on Africa (ACOA) and U.S. policy toward Southern Africa. The statement reports that neither the U.S. nor Britain is prepared to have any confrontation with South Africa and Portugal. Thus the United Nations is not an effective instrument to expel South Africa from Southwest Africa or suppress the Ian Smith rebel regime in Rhodesia. The statement reports ACOA’s activities during the past two decades, such as organizing financial assistance for Africa's freedom fighters, anti-colonialist leaders, victims of repression, and South Africans political prisoners and victims of apartheid. ACOA has been led by Co-Chairmen Donald Harrington and A. Philip Randolph executive director George Houser, and Peter Weiss as President. There are forces in the U.S. that are sympathetic to the struggle against racialism in Southern Africa - in the labor movement, liberal churches, the civil rights movement, the student movement, and some in Congress as well. They are not yet vocal enough, however. [Note: This document is dated July 1, 1967; the conference was held July 24th to August 4th, 1967.]
Used by permission of Africa Action (successor to the American Committee on Africa).
Collection: Africa Action Archive